Housing Program

LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM

 

FVRTC will help our veterans and their families realize their own American Dream by providing supportive services to low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing:

Ways you can help:

  • Land Contribution

  • Housing Contribution

  • In-Kind Donations

  • Monetary Donation

 

Program Outcomes

 

FVRTC’s Project Home was created to prevent and reduce the prevalence and duration of homelessness among overlooked and deserving veterans. Our focus will consist of:

  • Developing and providing transitional and supportive housing for low-income and/or homeless veterans.
  • Spearheading, coordinating and leveraging resources independently or together with local non-profit organizations who provide housing repairs and adaptive housing support for disabled veterans.
  • Providing financial management seminars and budget counseling workshops tailored to veterans and their families.
  • Providing additional no fee legal assistance to veterans who are going through the ordeal of obtaining benefits to include appealing claims and other legal issues that may be adversely affecting their financial stability.

 

Permanent Housing Program                                                                  

Veterans are selected based on several qualifications including, but not limited to, family needs and ties to the community. A customized transition plan will be developed in conjunction with each family’s specific needs. Families will have routine inspections and will participate in financial counseling and other supportive activities designed by FVRTC. Once the requirements of the transition plan have been fully satisfied and the family can maintain and sustain the costs of the home, the property may be deeded to the family.

Our Goal: To provide 15-20 permanent houses yearly and to educate our veterans on the intricacies of home ownership to include financial planning and securing of funds to ensure maintenance of their property long-term.

The local homeless service agencies and shelters are seeing an increase in the number of female veterans, with and without children, but these agencies are not trained to respond to the unique needs of female veterans.

The VA is working to address the disparities in services and unique needs of female veterans. In late 2011, it announced plans to establish a VA task force, in partnership with the DOD, on women veterans and develop a plan that will focus on the key issues female veterans face.

Unfortunately, resources available to families of veterans are limited. Recently the VA established a family caretaker program to provide limited financial assistance (hourly wages) and other support to a wife, mother or other family member taking care of an injured veteran. Other than this newly developed program and some minor benefits, the VA is not positioned to provide support for families. And although veteran families may have access to family, children, legal and other services available to the general population in Central Florida, these services are typically not sensitized to or have the capacity to address the unique issues and dynamics that families of veterans may be experiencing. The lack of services and support for veterans’ families is a significant void in the Central Florida community that FVRTC has developed initiatives to fill.

 

More information available on requests:  info@firstvartc.org

 



 

 

Transitional Housing Program                                                

FVRTC’s Transitional Housing program will coordinate and facilitate the delivery of services to veterans who may be homeless by providing or assisting in the finding of immediate temporary and/or transitional shelter for members and their families. In addition, FVRTC will initiate and provide follow up on referrals to partnering organization who may assist our efforts to support our transitioning veteran.

Our Transitional Housing Program can allow prior service members and their families to secure and live with the support of the VA rent free while they go through the transition process. The member’s financial situation is reviewed and we determine where they are in the transition process. Once members become self-sufficient, FVRTC will help them with suitable housing in the area they intend to live on a permanent basis.

 

Our goal:

To provide a legacy of support and re-instill hope in those less fortunate by offering a safe environment where veterans are supported in their efforts to overcome a variety of obstacles.

 

More information available on requestsinfo@firstvartc.org